Life is a lot easier when you play badly and then all of a sudden you get in contention and win one. No one gets on your back. When you finish runner-up seven times, everyone is asking, 'Why aren't you winning?' It's much more fun when you jump into a win out of the blue. It's a much tougher game when you play consistently well.

AT-T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Entry Date:
Feb 7, 2018

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
One under par round of 71 fails to make the cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as three under overall is the mark. Padraig played steady golf around Spyglass Hills, recording two birdies and just one bogie. He now has three more weeks in the States before returning home.

Padraig shoots a second round of four over par around Pebble Beach. Starting on the back nine, he got off to a slow start with a couple of bogies but disaster struck on the iconic par five 18th, where he took five to get down from just 50 yards to record a double bogie. He fought back with a couple of birdies but finished poorly with consecutive bogies!

Padraig opened his account in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am with a four over par round of 75 but it could have been so much worse! He got off to a terrible start and was six over par after just four holes after playing five off the tee at the 4th hole. He dropped another shot at the par three 7th hole and turned in seven over par. But, as usual, he never stopped fighting and made four birdies coming home to post a score.

Padraig returns to one of his favourite events on Tour, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The event is, as usual, played over three different courses, Monterey Peninsula, Spyglass Hills and Pebble Beach links itself. As a former winner of the team event, the tournament holds special memories for him and it's a set of courses that he plays well. Padraig tees off in the opening round on the Monterey Peninsula at 8.22am with Jonas Blixt.

I had last week off practising and spent a few days with George Gankas of GG SwingTips. It was very interesting - he works on swing speed and I wanted to see what he was all about. There's no doubt that he can help players get more speed; he got me to swing it at 129 mph. I spent the week doing the stuff and thinking about it. However I'm in Pebble Beach, California, now for the AT&T and I'm getting myself back into playing mode. I have taken some of the elements of what GG said to me onboard and will incorporate it into my swing but for the moment I am getting back to playing and scoring.

This year I not playing with JP as he's not here, so I am playing with Patrick Whitesell of WME IMG. I've know him for a while, since WME acquired IMG, my management company, and this is his first year playing here. It will be strange not to be playing with JP or Dermot, but Patrick is good fun and easy going so we should get on well together on the course.

I haven't played a full 18 holes on any of the courses in practice, instead I've played between 9 and 12 holes each day on one of the courses. It's a long enough week as it is so I figured the best thing to do is to conserve my energy. The weather has been great for the three days and the forecast is it to be the same for the rest of the week. When the weather is like this it is hard to beat this tournament. The courses are in good condition, but the fact that they are a little firmer than normal makes them quite a bit tougher.

I've been happy with how I've hit the ball in practice. I've had a few things in my head after last week but as the week has gone on it has become clearer and less muddled. I'm looking forward to playing and having a run of events now. My season is really kicking off here this week and I want to get off to a good start.

I'm happy with things. I can see there are areas of rustiness but I know that playing tournament golf will sort that out.

I'm playing at Monterey Peninsula CC in the first round, followed by Pebble Beach and then Spyglass Hill on Saturday.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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